8 th Grade American History Pt. 2
With the expansion westward, the land and resources acquired, the technology developing
and the population growing the new nation finds itself with" Growing Pains ".
Society starts to recognize some of the problems that result from this growth... people's ideas about working conditions and political freedoms ( women's rights & slavery issues ),
the economy stir a movement for reform. While economic & political tensions continue to
divide the nation that will soon lead to the Civil War.
 The turn of the century brings changes rapidly. The need for workers in the new factories is satisfied by the influx of Immigrants from Europe, Asia and the southern migration following the Civil War. The culture  becomes a melting pot of  traditions that continue to influence us today.
The influx of "new"  immigrants changes the face of the cities, the Industrial Revolution changes the shift  in population from the farm to the city bring a host of other issues to consider. The work of Jacob Riis, Ida Tarbell, and Upton Sinclair expose just some of the conditions impacting these new immigrants and their living conditions along with the corruption in the city and business.
As the United States became more powerful, improving living conditions, expanding it's influence overseas by acquiring lands in the Pacific and Caribbean the world becomes smaller.
Communication and transportation networks usher in a more Global outlook. The events in Europe draw the United States into  a new conflict through alliances and cultural affiliations.
The War to end all Wars turns out to be just the beginning of our new reality.  The technology that the war brings also  ushers in a cultural and or social revolution. Th Jazz Age or the Roaring 20's as it is called is welcomed in the cities but rural America is reluctant to embrace these changes.
The 30's bring the Great  Depression, but the new President Franklin Delano Roosevelt makes sweeping changes that move the country forward.